D.H. Day Campground is located in the northern district of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on the lower peninsula of Michigan.
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This rustic campground is one of the most popular in Northern Michigan and is open (weather permitting) from the first Friday in April through the last Sunday in November. Reservations are required May 1 through October 15. Campsites are within walking distance of the Lake Michigan shoreline and a short drive to many popular features in the park. Summer temperatures range from the upper 70s to 90s during the day, and 50s to 70s at night.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshores rustic D.H. Day Campground is beautifully wooded. Campers can swim, canoe, kayak, fish and relax along the shoreline of the campground. The multi-use Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail passses through the campground opening up 20+ miles of biking and hiking. There are canoe and bicycle rentals nearby in the village of Glen Arbor. The historic village of Glen Haven is a short 15 minute walk away. Miltiple hiking trails, the Dune Climb, and the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are just a short drive away. D.H. Day Campground is the perfect launching point for a fun-filled stay at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
With 81 beautifully wooded campsites, shared water spigots, and vault toilets, D.H. Day provides a more rustic camping experience. Free hot showers are available at Platte River Camground, located 17 miles south along highway M-22. Each campsite has a parking area, large picnic table, fire ring and tent pad. Firewood is also sold in the campgound via a self-serve vending trailer.
D.H. Day Campground lies in the middle of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near the historic village of Glen Haven. The spacious wooded campsites are no more than a 5 minute walk to the Lake Michigan beach. Features include northern hardwood and conifer forests, old farm meadows, wetlands, lakes, streams, bogs, and splendid examples of glacially formed landscapes. The beautiful perched sand dunes, for which the parked is named, are just a few minutes drive from the campground.
D.H. Day Campground is within minutes of the lakeside Village of Glen Arbor and the Historic Village of Glen Haven. The Dune Climb and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive are a short drive to the south. The Alligator Hill Trail is less than a mile away. The Crystal River winds its way to Lake Michigan just a few short miles to the north. The harbor town of Leland is approx. 30 minutes away and is the gateway to both North and South Manitou Island.
This is a beautiful state park and national lakeshore! It is a classic area to stargaze on a clear night or make a day out in the sun. Fun for big groups and small groups alike. From the dune climb, it’s possible to walk the dunes to Lake Michigan. It is quite the trek, but well worth it.
We love staying at D. H. Day campground. Make sure to arrive early as it is first come only. The sites are nestled in the woods with a great atmosphere. So nice to be able to walk to the beach of Lake Michigan from the campground. Very close to several attractions and quaint towns nearby. Would recommend anyone stay here!
Campground Review: This beautifully wooded campground sits on the edge of Lake Michigan, just south of the famous Sleeping Bear Dunes. All sites have picnic tables and fire rings, and water spigots and pit toilets are scattered throughout the campground. Some sites have direct access to the beach and there is a nice bike/walking path connected to the campground. It can accommodate everything from tents to very large RV’s.
No matter if you are into climbing dunes, cycling, water sports or watching sunsets, there is something for everyone to do. There is even a unique firewood vending truck which allows you to get wood whenever you want it!
Just a few miles from the campground are the towns of Empire and Glen Arbor, which have great eats and drinks at various restaurants. Be sure to stop by the famous Cherry Republic, the ode to the deliciously tart Michigan cherry.
Product Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I was able to test the Men's OOcloog Project Pink Clog. I won a gift card from The Dyrt in May and ordered a pair for myself and my husband.
What I like most about these shoes:
- Very comfortable and lightweight. I’m on my feet all day at work and my feet don’t hurt at the end. It’s kind of like having one of those cushy “cashier mats” attached to your feet.
- I wear socks with them mostly, and my feet don’t sweat. My feet do sweat quite a bit without socks though.
- Great traction. I’ve worn them on slippery surfaces without a problem -- campground showers, on the boat, and in a commercial kitchen.
- Versatile and classy. They can go from work to play because they have cleaner lines and a slimmer toe box than most other plastic clogs. I now wear them as much camping as a I do at work.
- Quite durable, with no signs of wear yet.
Some challenges we encountered:
- Shipping is sllooowww. It took almost 2 weeks for these shoes to arrive and they were not on backorder. Now, to be fair, shipping is free, but seems like it could be much faster since they were shipped FedEx. Plan ahead if you want to order these shoes for a special trip.
- Sizing chart on the website doesn’t seem accurate. Women’s shoes run a size smaller. If you are a 9, order a 10.
Product Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hfcc1fQYyY&t=5s
Very short walk to the beach (which is mostly private). The site was heavily wooded and ~1 mile hike in from where you park. The walk itself to the campsite was very level and smooth. Would 10/10 recommend
D. H. Day Campground is a family favorite and looked forward to any opportunity to go! Located in Empire, Michigan and part of the National Park Service and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Located directly on Lake Michigan's shoreline and in close proximity to everything outdoors and cool…its the place to go! Sleeping Bear Dunes is a must see and experience…every aspect of the dunes! Climb the Dunes and make your way to the beach…on the Dunes Trail…its gotta be the longest mile you'll push through sand…but well worth the dip in Lake Michigan at its end.
From atop the initial climb, turn back and behold the turquoise waters of the sandy bottomed Glen Lake…you'd swear you were in the tropics.
On the north end of the Dunes, where the roadway deadends into the Lake, is the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum (now that's a mouthful). The museum is interesting and full of history of the predecessors of the Coast Guard. Learn of the ships that had gone down in these tempestuous waters. Watch reenactments of bringing the cannon out that shot the rescue line across the sinking vessel. Great stuff!
The local towns are quaint and Glen Arbor is the draw. The lure of ice cream is always a plus…and the local pizza shop (Riverfront PIzza and Deli), where you can sit on the porch, perched on the hairpin of Crystal River. D.H. Day Campground too, is set on the shores of Lake Michigan…offering miles of beach to comb…and cool, clear water to relax in.
Grand views of the North and South Manitou Island from the beach of D.H. Day invite you to take the ferry or paddle your way to isolated, primitive camping on North Manitou Island's Village Campground. Facilities are more than adequate, the 88 sites offer a measure of privacy, and its always been quiet. If you have kiddos, the rangers offer several programs to keep their interest.
Bring your bikes, your boats and boards…and use them all. Several nice hiking trails exist inland as well…and are loaded with blackberries and huckleberries. Roads are traveled lightly enough where cycling is enjoyable.
Sunsets are spectacular! Plan a visit…you will thank me!
**Always check warnings and alerts on their website…they were closed for a spell after a horrendous storm whipped through and felled a lot of trees in the campground.
Great access to dunes, beautiful state and national park. Sites are leveled, cleared and overall very well kept. I liked the tent sites best. Wooded in between most sites.